Lack of sleep linked to serious health problems

Leading Scientists from Universities including Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard have warned that cutting sleep is leading people to have “serious health problems”.

The body clock can drive huge changes in the human body as it alters alertness, mood, physical strength and even the risk of a heart attack in a daily rhythm.  These factors stem from our evolutionary past when humans were active during the day and at rest during the evening.

Scientists though have warned that modern life and 24-hour society mean many people are now “living against” their body clocks with damaging consequences for health and wellbeing.

Pioneering genetic research is now uncovering how living life against the clock is damaging our health.  About 10% of human DNA has a 24-hour pattern of activity, which is behind all the behavioural and physiological changes in the body.

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